The Stó:lō Nation is the political amalgamation of eleven Stó:lō communities. The Stó:lō Service Agency (SSA) is the service delivery arm of Stó:lō Nation. SSA provides services to the Stó:lō and Aboriginal communities throughout S'olh Temexw.
S'olh Temexw is the traditional territory of the Stó:lō people. According to our swxoxwiyam, we have lived here since time immemorial. The Stó:lō traditional territory extends from Yale to Langley, BC.
The SSA aims to ensure social and economic development within the Stó:lō community through services and programs in the areas of education, human resource development, early childhood education services such as daycare, headstart and family support, elderly care, social development, health services, a dental office, tourism, and land and research and resource management services.
At this time all those who have been ordered to evacuated are encouraged to register with the Canadian Red Cross:
The Red Cross 1.800.863.6582
They can also advise on what emergency services are available for you and your family.
Another phone number that can be used to ask any questions can be directed to:
Emergency Coordination Centre 1.800.663.3456
Evacuees and people looking for family members can also contact the Red Cross at: 1.888.800.6493
As of Thursday, Stó:lō Service Agency was able to connect with three groups coming back from the Elder’s Gathering on the Island. These groups were not able to return home due to the BC Wild Fires. At that time SSA, Tzeachten, and Squiala came together to figure out how we could assist. Because we had approximately 75 Elders with nowhere to go at that time… we connected with Emergency Social Services (ESS) to receive advice on what steps were necessary in order to offer support. Once given the go ahead, we were able to solidify accommodations for the Elders.
At this time ESS has set up reception centres throughout the Province. Reception centre locations and Group Lodging locations are in the links below.
Here is a CBC article that can help explain what to do if unsure:
Here is a BC Government link for those who are being evacuated:
And one last link from the Red Cross:
These links should have the appropriate information on what to do during this very difficult time.
Stó:lō Service Agency has collaborated with many of our communities to see how we can help during this state of emergency. There are many ways to help… and we want to use our capacity to support those in need. We are in contact with Emergency Management BC to offer what supports we can.
Because ESS is setting up Group Lodging for those who have been evacuated (mentioned in the links above) that is where we have been advised to direct people.
We don’t know how long these fires will last… so we want to explore other avenues. Just to clarify the Stó:lō grounds in discussion are the St. Mary’s (Pekw’xe:yles) grounds in Mission. There has been talk of opening up the grounds at St. Mary’s, for those with RV and trailers. It is important to note that there are no hook ups for the trailers and RV’s, but a place to park and camp, once this location is confirmed we will update. Once again, Emergency Social Services (ESS) is where we have been asked to direct anyone who has been evacuated. When there is more information, we will post here.
Thanks again to all the communities giving support during this time.